Native Hawaiian artist and musician Manu Josiah lives in Hilo with his wife Leilehua Yuen. Manu’s artistic inspiration began when he started working with Leilehua and her father, Donald Namohala Yuen, making Malama Torches™ for hotels, restaurants, and homes in Hawai`i and North America. Manu and Leilehua have since taken the reins handed to them by Don, and in 2008 created LeiManu Designs, expanding the product line to include custom lighting and metal art which is now in homes and businesses around the world. Motivated to help preserve the environment by reducing the use of poisons to control invasive vegetation, Manu also harvests invasive plants, as well as felled, scrap, and recycled wood, to create instruments, lighting fixtures and fine art. His `ohe hano ihu (bamboo nose flutes) are purchased by musicians and collectors around the world. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Manu has a BS Degree in Education.